Perth, Australia selects Parkeon’s real-time tracking expertise
Leading ticketing technologies company Parkeon is playing a key role in a multi-million dollar public transport project in Perth that will provide real-time journey tracking for passengers along with Australia’s first underground dynamic bus stand allocation system.
The Real-Time Tracking System (RTTS) is being delivered by Parkeon as part of its latest ticketing platform, and will enable commuters to access bus journey information in real-time, via smartphone, tablet or PC. The contract will see Parkeon’s latest generation driver console, and associated technologies, introduced across the Transperth fleet of 1,482 buses in readiness for the opening of the Wellington Street Underground Bus Station by early 2016.
The RTTS system developed by Parkeon at its facility in the UK, forms a significant part of the contract awarded by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority to Downer EDI Engineering Power. Parkeon and Downer are long-term partners in Australia.
“This project continues the successful relationship that we have developed over many years with the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia” said Owen Griffith, Managing Director of Parkeon Transit. “This project will deliver significant benefits to a public transport network that is at the heart of major urban regeneration investment in Perth.”
The project will include a ground-breaking innovation for Australia, with live data feeding a dynamic management system that will automatically allocate bus stands to ensure the most efficient operation of the new underground Perth busport. The tracking system will also deliver airport-style departure gate information to passengers via electronic screens in the central waiting area.
The fully-integrated real-time technology will also enable Transperth to improve day-to-day on-time schedule performance with the introduction of traffic signal priority for buses running behind schedule.
The project award augments Parkeon’s position as the leading provider of mass transit ticketing systems in Australia, with schemes also currently running in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.